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Posted on February 4th, 2020

The Pléiades 1 – SPOT 6/7 Stadium of the Month – Velodrome

From the site of the first tennis Grand Slam of the year, we travel north to Europe for this Pléiades 1 – SPOT 6/7 Stadium of the Month where we stop at our first indoor cycling arena, the Velodrome in Berlin, Germany.

A 50-cm color image of the Velodrome in Berlin, Germany collected on July 30, 2018 by Pléiades 1B; and then a 1.5-m SPOT 7 image of the same stadium collected on June 6, 2018. These images have custom processing and color balancing applied by Apollo Mapping. PLEIADES © CNES 2020, Distribution Airbus DS. SPOT © Airbus DS 2020.

About the Venue: The Velodrome is located 3 kilometers (about 2 miles) east of central Berlin, Germany on the site of the Werner-Seelenbinder-Halle, an indoor sports arena demolished in 1993. The circular, silver-clad multi-use arena was built and designed by renowned French architect, Dominique Perrault, after winning a design contest for Berlin’s pursuit of the 2000 Summer Olympics. After four years of construction, the arena opened in 1997 with building costs of about 138 million Euros (or about $155 million US dollars). While Berlin ended up losing the 2000 Olympic bid to Sydney, the Velodrome was designed with many uses in mind so it still hosts a variety events on a regular basis.

Fun Factoids: (1) The Velodrome is home to the 2020 Track Cycling World Championships which start on February 26th. For our American readers, the Track Cycling World Championships are held once every two years. It features a series of 20 men’s and women’s indoor bicycling racing events that circle a 250-meter long Siberian Spruce track. (2) The stainless steel roof of the Velodrome is Europe’s largest with a 142 meter (466 feet) diameter. (3) About 450 mature apple trees from France were planted on the 100,000 square meter (25 acres) park that surrounds the steel-roofed arena. (4) On top of a series of international and European cycling championships, the Velodrome has hosted famous music acts such as Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, Kylie Minogue and Marilyn Manson.

The Pléiades 1 High-Resolution Satellite Constellation

The Pléiades 1 constellation (or at least part of it!) has been in orbit since December 2011 and if you have not had a chance to check out any sample imagery, take a few moments and have a look at the gallery on our website. If you work with high-resolution imagery, you should consider Pléiades 1 for your next geospatial project.

A variety of Pléiades 1 products are available from both a growing archive and as a new collection, including 50-centimeter (cm) pansharpened imagery and 50-cm panchromatic – 2-meter (m) 4-band multispectral bundles. We are happy to discuss the technical specifications, pricing and tasking options available with this satellite constellation.

The SPOT Medium-Resolution Satellite Constellation

The SPOT medium-resolution constellation consist of seven satellites launched from 1986 to 2014 with the most recent additions, SPOT 6 and SPOT 7, launching in 2012 and 2014 respectively. SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 are twin satellites offering 1.5-m panchromatic and 6-m 4-band multispectral data with a massive footprint at 60-kilometers (km) wide. For projects requiring recent archive coverage or rapid new collections of medium-resolution data, SPOT 6/7 should be one of your top imagery sources!

More sample images and technical information about Pléiades 1A and 1B can be found on our website here; while the same can be found here for the SPOT constellation and specifically about SPOT 6/7.

The Apollo Mapping sales team can answer any questions you might have about Pléiades 1 and/or any of the SPOT satellites. We can be reached at (303) 993-3863 or

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